Part 05: Creating A Lighting Diagram

Part 05: Creating A Lighting Diagram With our storyboards in hand, it is time to figure out how to light our locations. Although this may seem like a daunting task, it is not as complicated as you may think. This is where the leg work we have done so far starts to pay off. We […]

“Save The Cat!” Screenwriting Book: Chapter One Summary

“Save The Cat!” Screenwriting Book: Chapter One Summary Instead of writing a review of “Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need” by Blake Snyder –something that many, MANY other readers have done– I instead decided it would be much more beneficial to create “Cliffs Notes” of the book. This will accomplish […]

Part 04: Storyboarding On A Small Budget

Part 04: Storyboarding On A Small Budget After completing the leg work of location scouting, the next step we take in our preproduction process is to Storyboard. It is unfortunate that storyboarding can often times get overlooked as an laborious step that costs too much for a small budget production. But we think it is […]

Part 03: How To Location Scout

Part 03: How To Location Scout We have landed the client, submitted the budget, and our proposal has been approved. Now it is time to start the leg work of preproduction. But where do you start? Our process begins by location scouting. Finding the right location, and maximizing it on screen is 70% of creating […]

GoPro Hero 4: Complete List of Third-Party Accessories

GoPro Hero 4: Complete List of Third-Party Accessories As point of view (POV) camera image quality increases, they are being use more and more in projects with high production value, including feature films. As a result film techniques and support gear of the past has had to be rethought and redesigned in order for camera […]

Part 02: Budgeting And Proposals

Part 02: Budgeting And Proposals To craft and tell a story well, requires that we spend a significant amount of time in preproduction. After Landing The Client we begin building the foundation of our story by developing the proposal and creating the budget. Here is a look behind the scenes at our process …

10 Part Series: How To Create A Cinematic Look On A Small Budget

10 Part Series: How To Create A Cinematic Look On A Small Budget About 60% of any visual story worth viewing is the content, the other 40% is the execution of that story. Assuming you have a strong story, how do you create a cinematic look on a small budget? We’ve teamed up with Zacuto to […]

3 Camera Rigs That Tell A Better Story–NAB 2013

3 Camera Rigs That Tell A Better Story–NAB 2013 While it seems that every year NAB attendees are focused on the newest camera technology, to me this is one of the least important storytelling elements. Most stories can be told well with nearly any camera, and having a high end camera certainly doesn’t guarantee that […]

3 Shooting Styles, 3 Camera Bags: Do You Relate?

3 Shooting Styles, 3 Camera Bags: Do You Relate? Production life can be hard, demanding, and not so friendly to our equipment and bodies. That is why we prefer to test our tools prior to deploying them in a production. If something is going to fail or not work properly, we want it to happen […]